Located in the heart of Lexington Center, il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar is a restaurant from Chef Dante de Magistris and his brothers Damian de Magistris and Filippo de Magistris. il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar continues the story of il Casale Cucina Italiana that began in Belmont five years ago, but is a tour around the Campania region of Italy where the de Magistris family hails from.
Nestled in the lush hills and valleys of the mountainous region of Irpinia lies their hometown village, Candida, where recipes survive only by word of mouth or at best are scratched on distressed pieces of paper hidden between the pages of a bible or an old phone book.
It is in a kitchen in the countryside of Candida where Chef Dante's culinary path began, learning century old recipes from his Nonna that have been handed down through the generations. The menu at il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar features these closely guarded family dishes combined with the skill and technique Chef Dante learned in his years under the auspices of Michelen Star Chef Don Alfonso in Sant' Agata sui Due Golfi atop the Sorrentine peninsula and the spirit of the epicurean rich streets of Naples.
il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar is a celebration of Southern Italy. The menu showcases classic sfizi and the fresh pasta dishes that Chef Dante has become known for, while introducing new selections of Neapolitan street food, baked pasta and authentic seafood dishes that are prevalent in the Campania region. il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar pours Italian wine, beer, aperitivi and cocktails that have been reimagined with Southern Italian flair. Guests are nourished not only by the cuisine, but by the full dining experience that delights the senses.
il Casale Cucina Campana features an open kitchen clad with imported hand painted tiles from Vietri that evoke the blue glow of the Amalfi coast. The space is as warming as the cuisine with rich tones juxtaposed against classic Italian country furnishings made from reclaimed barn wood and rustic metal ambient lighting pendants. A vintage map of the Campania region fills a floor to ceiling wall that is at the end of an 18 seat Carrara marble bar. il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar celebrates the ties to family and the roots from which they come, and Chef Dante and his brothers Filippo and Damian welcome each and every guest as an extension of the de Magistris family.